ERIC Number: ED430428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-20
Reference Count: N/A
Alberta's Performance-Based Funding Mechanism.
This paper provides an overview of the performance indicator-based accountability and funding mechanism implemented in the higher education system of Alberta, Canada. The paper defines the terms accountability and regulation, examines the use of performance indicators to demonstrate accountability, and explains how performance indicator-based accountability and regulatory mechanisms are used as policy instruments. The paper also discusses traditional approaches to resource allocation and recent developments in resource allocation, including performance-based funding. The paper outlines the pressures placed on governments by globalization, the right-wing political ideologies that give these pressures political voices, the resultant change in the role of government, and the development of academic capitalism. The paper notes that government policy has induced academic capitalism in Alberta's higher education system and describes Alberta's performance-based funding mechanism. The paper concludes by outlining some criticisms of the performance indicators used in Alberta's funding mechanism and discussing the implications of the performance-based funding mechanism in the province. (Contains 85 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Performance, Performance Factors, Politics of Education, Productivity, State Government
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada